Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls

Two Southern staples – pimento cheese and sausage balls – have now become one! This pimento cheese twist on the classic Southern sausage balls and popular appetizer makes the absolute BEST sausage balls!

Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls Recipe

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Let’s talk about these pimento cheese sausage balls! They are truly the perfect appetizers. Pimento cheese lovers and even non-pimento cheese lovers will love them.

What you’ll love about pimento cheese sausage balls:

  • QUICK – No cheese grating required for these sausage balls, yet they’re full of cheddar cheese flavor from using prepared pimento cheese! Just 3 ingredients + optional seasonings!
  • DELISH – Everyone who has tried these agrees that they are even better than traditional sausage balls! They’re a HUGE hit!
  • MAKE AHEAD – You can prep these sausage balls in advance and freeze them to pull out for a last-minute party appetizer!
Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls

I always love to see sausage balls at a party, but one of my biggest dislikes about traditional sausage balls is that they’re often dry, especially once they cool down to room temperature.

Over the years, I’ve tweaked the classic sausage ball to produce a fabulous, moist recipe (you can find it in my book, The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook), but I must admit, this pimento cheese sausage ball might be in the running as my favorite! They are THAT delicious!

Just a few ingredients

  • Bisquick (Bisquick Original Pancake Mix)
  • Pork Sausage
  • Pimento Cheese
  • Optional: Red Pepper, Black Pepper, etc.
Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls

Pimento cheese and sausage balls are both Southern party staples, you’ll find pimento cheese sandwiches and sausage balls on platters for every occasion.

Now they’re combined into one, perfect appetizer that’s SO easy. A true party food favorite, they are ready in under an hour from start to finish.

What’s the Best Pimento Cheese to Use in Sausage Balls?

I’m a bit partial to the delicious Palmetto Cheese brand, out of Pawley’s Island, SC. I absolutely love their pimento cheese (I find it locally at Kroger and Harris Teeter), and it comes in 12-ounce tubs which is 1 1/2 cups, exactly what’s needed for this recipe.

You can truly use ANY pimento cheese, however. If your pimento cheese happens to be a thinner pimento cheese, you might want to add 1/4 cup extra of Bisquick. If your pimento cheese is fairly thick, then stick with just 2 cups Bisquick.

Costco has a brand of pimento cheese in larger tubs that’s almost identical. It works fabulously too. Both Palmetto Brand and Costco’s version also sell a jalapeño pimento cheese that you can use to spice it up! More tips on spicy pimento cheese sausage balls later on…

Some pimento cheese sausage balls recipes call for the addition of extra cream cheese, I don’t find that necessary! It’s delicious with just the pimento cheese, Bisquick, sausage + optional seasonings.

pimento cheese sausage balls

Can you Freeze Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls?

Yes, you can freeze this sausage ball recipe. Simply prepare and roll the sausage balls into the 1-inch rounds. Cover and freeze until ready.

When ready, just thaw and bake. You might need to add a few minutes to the baking time if they’re still quite cold when putting in the oven.

pimento cheese sausage balls

Spice it up: Make Spicy Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls

Now I have included 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper. I love this addition, it doesn’t make them too spicy at all. You can definitely leave it out, however.

If you want to make Spicy Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls…

  • Use hot ground breakfast sausage. Jimmy Dean makes a “hot” variety of the ground pork sausage. Any variety of spicy sausage will work.
  • Use jalapeño pimento cheese (or add diced jalapeños to your pimento cheese)
  • Add extra red pepper to your liking!

How to Serve Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls?

My suggestion is…. on their own! They’re so moist, I personally don’t think they need a dipping sauce. I love to place them in a pretty silver bowl or on a tray. Add on a few diced chives or parsley. Watch them disappear right before your eyes!

If you want, however, you can serve these alongside dips like aioli, ranch dressing, remoulade, mustard-based sauces, or even sweet chili sauce.

What readers are saying:

Thank you to all our lovely readers for their reviews of our recipes! Especially these pimento cheese sausage balls!

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Excellent recipe! Everyone enjoyed them at our Christmas get-together!
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We made them for Thanksgiving and everybody raved and asked for the recipe! So delish!
– April

I hope you’ll give these pimento cheese sausage balls a try, they are one of my favorite recipes! It’s a great recipe that would make a great addition to any party, especially during the holiday entertaining season!

More Pimento Cheese Appetizers:

Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls

Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls

These pimento cheese sausage balls are made with only 3 ingredients (+ optional seasoning). A delicious simple recipe that makes the perfect appetizer!
SERVINGS 12 people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups pimento cheese - ex: 1 (12 oz) container Palmetto Cheese brand
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper - (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the uncooked sausage and pimento cheese until mixed thoroughly. You can use an electric KitchenAid mixer if you prefer.
  • Add in the 2 cups of Bisquick and red pepper (if using). Mix well with your hands (or electric mixer if using) until combined well.
  • Scoop and roll into 1-inch balls. You can also use a small cookie scoop to help. Place sausage balls onto a prepared baking sheet (lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray or lined with parchment paper).
  • Place baking sheet into preheated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they're golden brown. Enjoy!
  • Pimento cheese sausage balls may be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. You may also freeze them before baking, then thaw and bake before serving.


Yields: around 80 sausage balls (7 1/2 to 8 dozen).


Calories: 292kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 7gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 802mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 301IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 147mgIron: 1mg
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  1. This is such an easy party food! We made them for Thanksgiving and everybody raved and asked for the recipe! So delish!

  2. I love how tasty these sausage balls are! And they are so quick and easy to make, too! Perfect!

  3. This is the ultimate appetizer!! Two delicious recipes into one! They taste so good & will be a crowd pleaser all month long!

  4. Jane Keagy says:

    Excellent recipe! Everyone enjoyed them at our Christmas get-together!

    1. Courtney Whitmore says:

      Thanks so so much, Jane!!

  5. I will make these! Palmetto’s pimento cheese is available at Sam’s. It’s great!

  6. 10 stars! I have made these for a half a dozen parties, four breakfast tailgates, Christmas morning, two Mardi Gras pre-parade parties, and just to have in my freezer for a snack. Everyone who tries them goes back for more, and they all say there’s a little something extra in them. I use the jalapeno pimento and the extra kick with the red pepper gets a smile every time! I also make them in batches in my air fryer because my oven is usually making something else. EASY BREEZY and ohhh so delicious!!

  7. Have you made these with Gluten Free Bisquick? Do know if alterations will be necessary?

    1. Kathy – I have never tried gluten free bisquick, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! Worth a shot for sure!

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